Sunday, July 21, 2013

Growing libertarianism

Growing Libertarianism | Dave Oedel |

July 21, 2013 - "The Libertarian Party is largely a refuge for protesters and others on the fringe of the nation’s political life.... Still, it would be a mistake to conclude that libertarian sensibilities are not big and growing bigger, especially among youth and younger adults.

"That political trend is not lost on the main parties. One can fairly conceptualize much of present national politics as a competition between the Republican and Democratic parties for the attentions and allegiance of the growing libertarian sector, however defined. The dominant parties recognize that independent libertarian views are swinging many national, state and local debates.

"So just what is a libertarian view, anyway? It’s commonly said to be socially liberal but economically conservative, but it’s more complex than that. When addressing practical policies, libertarian sensibilities can lead down diverging roads on social and economic issues."

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